The BBC stringer for Sierra Leone, Umaru Fofana, on Saturday officially declared his intention to the members of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in Kenema, eastern region.
The declaration was made at Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA)’s office at Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
In his opening statement Commissioner Isaac Massaquoi, who led the delegation, said they were in Kenema to officially present their candidates for the forthcoming SLAJ election come October this year.
The commissioner further said his candidate, Umaru Fofana, would be vying for the post of the president of SLAJ while he would be contesting for the post of Secretary General in the same association.
He described Fofana as “a hard working journalist who has put Sierra Leone on the map”.
He therefore called on all practicing journalists within the region both electronic and print media to reconsider their minds to vote Umaru Fofana for the progress and development of their association.
In his statement the aspirant, Umaru Fofana, assured SLAJ members in the Eastern Region, saying that if voted in he would do all in his power to improve on the standard of journalists in the profession and to maintain what he called a professional and efficient journalism in the country.
He said he would move the association from the pockets of politicians and Lebanese businessmen in this country.
Mr Fofana said, “SLAJ is not attractive that is why many members of those in the Journalism profession are not interested in SLAJ’s activities”.
He said the association needed a president that was non-partisan in the national politics.
He said he was ready to work for the association in a transparent form and therefore encouraged all SLAJ members in the eastern region to work objectively. “I want to bring accountability into SLAJ”.
The BBC stringer called on his colleagues to listen to whosoever that would be visiting them to talk to them but cautioned that they should judge wisely and had the association at heart. “I have never betrayed the cause of my people who have put confidence in me”, he noted.
Also present were the Manager Radio Mount Aureole James Tamba Lebbie, and Concord Times’ newspaper editor Tarnor Jalloh who gave the vote of thanks